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Diving in Batticaloa

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When to go to Batticaloa

The best time to visit it is from May till October, as the temperature and visibility of the water are at their highest. The average water temperature ranges between 25C/77F and 30C/86F, while the air temperature ranges between 26C/79F and 29C/84F. Some thermoclines are possible in Batticaloa with sudden cold water at larger depth. The climate here is tropical with monsoons coming in December and January and bringing lots of rain and high humidity levels. The clarity of the water is good and its visibility can reach up to 35m/115ft. What to see The fauna of dive sites consists of giant morays, trevally and tuna as well as smaller species such as sweetlips, emperor and bannerfish. Lobsters, crabs and shrimp populate nearby rocks.

Scuba diving in Batticaloa

Batticaloa is situated on the eastern coast of Sri Lanka and attracts many divers with its warm and crystal clear waters. Batticaloa Airport is located there. Batticaloa provides a great diving opportunity for both novice and experienced divers due to the variety of dive sites, their depth and levels of difficulty. Most of the dive spots, while offering impressive underwater landscapes and diverse marine life, do not require much of experience. Professional divers have some fascinating choices as well, exploring some sites that are as deep as 53m/174ft and feature old sunken shipwrecks. The most famous of them is H.M.S. Hermes, which is considered to be the king of the dives in Sri Lanka. Other exciting spots include Boiler Wrecks, British Sergeant, Mushroom Reef, and Passikudah. Batticaloa is also proud to have a few small but deep caves, which are a bit more difficult to access because of a high chance to be drifted too far.